On the last days of May, the paddy fields in Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, Hanoi turn to be golden yellow, signaling a harvest season is about to begin.

The scorching heats came too early this summer, right at harvest time which makes the work of the farmers harder. The blazing sunlight raises the outdoor temperatures to 42 degrees Celsius at noon.

A rice harvester helps farmers save costs and time.
The harvesters are working at their full capacity on the paddy fields.
Despite having to work so hard under the blazingly hot temperature, this farmer still manages to finish harvesting on time. He refuses to rest even for a few minutes.
A patch of newly harvested rice paddy.
After being harvested, the rice is brought home to dry in the sun.
A bird’s eye view of the half-harvested paddy fields.